The temp dropped from 70 to 52 in Brooklyn this week. I am a first year bee keeper, and I have been feeding syrup and just insulted the outside of the hive last week. My plan has been to leave the hive top feeder on over the winder and fill it with cedar chips or something similar and to put a second inner cover on the bottom to help with ventilation. When I inserted the second inner cover today and went to add more sugar syrup, it turned out that there was as sugary coating on top of the sugar syrup that had been there, but it had not been completely used. I broke it lose so that the bees could access it again and the wood platforms float. There were quite a lot of bees milling around in the feeder and under the cover.
I have two questions that I hoping the more experienced folks on the site can help with: (1) should I be dumping the rest of the syrup and following my plan to leave the super on with cedar chips or some other insulating material inside? and (2) If i take this approach, should i also drill a whole in the honey super or do something else for the bees to give them good ventilation, etc? That is, does is two inner cover approach an OK idea for New York? Picture attached.
Insualted Hive - Oct 2015.jpg